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Visitors are welcome to step back into history and experience eighty acres of stately trees and statuary in the beautiful blend of nature and art that is Elmwood Cemetery.

Please come by the Victorian Carpenter Gothic Cottage which serves as our Visitor Center for maps, audio tours, picnic tables and handicap accessible restrooms. Research assistance is also available in the cottage, and security is on the grounds during business hours.



Tickets purchased for any of the events below are not refundable. Coupons are used for "Elmwood 101" tours only.  

Apr
27

Ambassador College

Tour Guide Training Class

More than 5,000 area school children tour the cemetery each year. Students of Ambassador College will be trained to give these tours - and have fun doing it!

Graduates of this class will also be invited to participate in a variety of special events happening at Elmwood.

Class will meet on April 27th at 10am. There is no cost to participate! Call 901-774-3212 and ask to speak to Kelly Sowell to register, or email historian [at] elmwoodcemetery [dot] org

May
7

Mother's Sweet Tea

A tea & tour at Elmwood

Treat your mother, grandmother, or special lady to a Mother's Sweet Tea at Elmwood Cemetery. This event begins at 10:00 AM on Saturday, May 7. Join us in the Lord's Chapel for tea and treats.

After, we'll head out into the cemetery on a special tour called "Stories In Stone," a 45 minute look at the Victorian symbolism found in the monuments that grace the grounds of Elmwood.

Registration for this event is required. Admission is $35 per person including a light brunch and mimosas. For more information, call 901-774-3212.  

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May
14

The Trees of Elmwood

A Level II Arboretum Walking Tour

Elmwood is home to almost 1,500 trees. Many of these trees are tagged, but there's so much more to know about a tree than its scientific and common name. Some of the trees that live in Elmwood are older than the cemetery itself.

Join us for this tree tour of the cemetery grounds. Cost for the tour is $10 per person. The tour will begin at 10:30 a.m.  

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May
21

The Mary Morrison Trial

A Saturday Speaker Series Presentation

In 1905, Memphis attorneys Josiah T. Settle and Benjamin F. Booth, both of whom rest at Elmwood, unsuccessfully argued Mary Morrison's challenge to Tennessee Hancock Law. The law mandated "separate but equal" on streetcars in the state's larger cities. Join us on Saturday, May 21st at 10:30 am to hear Wayne Dowdy, Manager of the History Department at the Memphis Public Library, speak more about this important case. Coffee and donuts will be available to attendees and admission is $10 per person. For more information, call 901-774-3212. 

May
25

Ambassador College

Tour Guide Training Class

More than 5,000 area school children tour the cemetery each year. Students of Ambassador College will be trained to give these tours - and have fun doing it!

Graduates of this class will also be invited to participate in a variety of special events happening at Elmwood.

Class will meet on May 25th at 10am. There is no cost to participate! Call 901-774-3212 and ask to speak to Kelly Sowell to register, or email historian [at] elmwoodcemetery [dot] org

May
28

The Memphis Music Tour

A Walking Tour through Elmwood

Memphis musician Willy Bearden leads a tour on Saturday, May 28th at 10:30 AM that will surely resonate with you. Join him for the "Memphis Music Tour" of Elmwood, where you'll be introduced to the music that echoes through the lives of the people who rest here. 

You'll visit a Confederate composer, a Big Band legend, blues singers, producers, and more on this 90 minute walking tour. 

Save your spot and register today by clicking the link or call 901-774-3212. Cost is $15.

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May
30

Memorial Day Tour at Elmwood

The grounds of Elmwood are open every day of the year, including Memorial Day! The grounds will be open from 8 am until 4:30 pm, and the office will be open from 8 am until 3 pm.

Visitors are welcome to stop by the Cottage where we'll serve lemonade and cookies until late afternoon. We will also pass out small American flags for placement at the gravesites of your choosing. 

At 10:30 AM, we're offering a special tour of Elmwood Cemetery, too! It lasts 90 minutes and costs $15. This family-friendly tour will take visitors to Confederates Rest, No Man's Land, and to many beautiful monuments that must be seen! This event is open to all. For information, call 901-774-3212.  

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Jun
11

Victorian Mourning 101: Death and Romance

A Saturday Speaker Series Presentation

"Romancing death" doesn't sound very romantic, does it? And yet, that's precisely what the Victorians did. From death photography to hair jewelry and distinct fashion choices, the Victorians experienced the mourning period in high style. 

Jennifer Cooper, Executive Director of the Woodruff Fonatine House, joins us on Saturday, June 11th at 10:30 a.m. for her take on how and why the Victorians practiced elaborate funeral customs. The cost is $10; coffee and treats will be served. Pre-register here or call 901-774-3212 to sign up. 

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Jun
17

Stone College

A cleaning and restoration workshop

Elmwood is known for its large collection of Victorian funerary art. Students attending the Stone College class will be trained to assist in the preservation of Elmwood’s oldest and most fragile monuments. This workshop will focus on cleaning and restoring monuments. Graduates of this workshop will be invited to participate in scheduled monument cleanings and restoration events throughout the year. 

Class will meet on Friday, June 17 at 9:30 AM. The class is free to attend, but please email historian [at] elmwoodcemetery [dot] org to register. Please wear comfortable, weather-appropriate clothes that you would not mind getting dirty as this is a hands-on workshop.

For more information, call 901-774-3212.

Jun
18

Scandals & Scoundrels

A Public Walking Tour of Elmwood's Notorious Residents

Among Elmwood's 75,000 residents are the famous and infamous.  Sinners and saints. Mayors and madams. Politicians and perfectly ordinary citizens. Each of them has a story to tell...and some of those stories don't have happy endings.

Join us for a look at the lives of those who contributed the notorious stories of Memphis history that we love to hear. This tour is for grown-ups only, please.

This tour is all-walking and lasts about 90 minutes. Advance registration is required. Cost is $15 per person.  Starts at 10:30 am.

 

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